“Is gold dust to my mind”: exploring lived experience in social work education

Howells, Aisha, Walters, Sophie, Duckett, Nora, Barker, Sarah, Clarke-Emmerson, Steve, Darke, Jane, Johnson, Carol, Meggs, Chris and Reeve, Sebastian (2022) “Is gold dust to my mind”: exploring lived experience in social work education. The British Journal of Social Work. ISSN 0045-3102 (In Press)

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Abstract

The involvement of people with lived experience (service participants) is mandatory within UK social work education, although, the form this takes varies significantly between organisations. This article outlines the final phase of a two-year research project focussed on understanding the mechanisms which support and develop the meaningful and sustainable involvement of people with lived experience in social work education within a Higher Education Institution and a Local Authority Teaching Partnership in the East of England. The research team worked collaboratively using co-production principles and possessed lived experience backgrounds. This paper presents findings from a qualitative study using interviews and questionnaires that aimed to deepen understanding of the concept and practice of embedding lived experience in social work education. Thematic analysis identified a dedicated role with the motivation and drive to achieve sustained inclusion in creative ways was the underpinning of meaningful and sustainable lived experience involvement. This was alongside opportunities to shape diverse and relational learning experiences, values reflecting compassionate and respectful relationships, and power sharing, accompanied by practical resources, can create a culture change. Together, these principles, practices and values have been instrumental in creating meaningful and sustainable lived experience involvement within social work education.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: co-production, involvement, lived experience, qualitative, service participant, social work education
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Business & Applied Social Science > Department of Applied Social Sciences
Depositing User: David Upson-Dale
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2022 14:14
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2022 14:14
URI: https://oars.uos.ac.uk/id/eprint/2801

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